Before Serena Williams' first round match against Pauline Parmentier, the American player's coach Patrick Mouratoglou held a brief press conference where he was asked about the pressure that you have coaching a player like Serena.
The French coach preferred to focus on another aspect. 'First, you have to talk about the pressure she has, the highest in any sport. She's not the only one; Novak [Djokovic] and some other exceptional guys and girls in different sports have had this pressure.
It's unbelievable, and very difficult for people to understand because we're not in her shoes. But when you don't have any other option than win every match, every year, people think you're declining or something's wrong. The pressure is incredible.
She puts this pressure on herself because she expects herself to win all the matches, and it's multiplied by expecations by the media and the fans. So it's tough, but I think on the other hand, everyone would love to be in her position; it's a good one to be in.' Speaking about the work done in the last months away from competition, Mouratoglou added, 'She practiced really well, had a very good pre-season, very focused.
But you can't expect to see how you feel until you're in a match. I'm not worried because I know she's ready.'
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